Top 10 Most Helpful Aids for the Disabled

Even the smallest challenges in life may have a great impact on you if you are unable to function like a normal person. The physical challenges accompanied by the emotional burdens can get very frustrating for disabled people at times. But thanks to the growing advancements in science and technology, a wide spectrum of products and aids are available now to help disabled people manage their impairments. We have rounded up the top 10 most helpful items that can transform your life and make things a lot easier for you. 


  1. Mobility Scooters: A mobility scooter offers safety and independence inside a home or outside.  A scooter will assist someone in doing errands such as grocery shopping, getting their mail, visiting a friend or even moving around one's home doing daily chores. 
  2. Walking Frames: These are a great source of help if you have trouble walking. They come in a number of styles from which to choose. They provide extra support and can enable you to be more active. You feel more stable and safe when you walk with this kind of an aid. 
  3. Shopping Trolleys: You can find a range of shopping trolleys that are specially designed for people with mobility issues.  There are different sized containers, different sized wheels for varying terrain, and different trolley weight. Trolleys offer a way to carry items such as groceries, tools, or everyday items such as books in a safe and stable manner. 
  4. Wheelchairs: A wheelchair is extremely helpful for disabled people who are unable to stand or walk on their own. Wheelchairs can be operated by the person in the chair or by someone else pushing the person. Electronic wheelchairs are also available for people who have trouble operating a manual wheelchair. 
  5. Text to Speech Assistive Products: These products are helpful for people who have visual impairments. You can download software that can read anything that appears on your screen. 
  6. Hearing Aids: Not being able to hear things clearly can cause a lot of stress for the sufferer or the person living or working with the hearing-impaired person. However, a number of hearing aids are now available to help people with hearing issues. 
  7. Crutches: Crutches are helpful for people who can’t put their body weight on their lower limbs. Crutches help in transferring weight to the upper body for improved mobility. 
  8. Bathroom Aids: A lot of products are available for people to help them in bathrooms such as shower stools, safety bars, and folding commodes.  
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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).